Peranakan means “descendant” and pertains to the ethnic Chinese who migrated in the 15th-16th century to the Malay peninsula, which includes Singapore. Although they have assimilated the Malay culture, they have distinct customs and traditions for Baba (men) and Nyonya (women). Most are elites of Singapore who have been loyal to the British than to China.
Trivia: Did you know that the Singapore Airlines flight attendant uniform is Peranakan-inspired?
Here’s a photo essay of our visit to The Intan:
Singapore Heritage Series 2013:
- GARDENS BY THE BAY: Singapore’s Super Trees, Cloud Dome, and Sleeping Boy Child Art
- SINGAPORE CHINATOWN WALK: Red Clogs Down the Five Foot Way (A Review)
- SINGAPORE LITTLE INDIA WALK: Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry (A Review)
- BANANA LEAF APOLLO: Indian Food We Love in Little India @VisitSingapore
- THE INTAN: Peranakan Heritage Home-Museum by Antique Collector Alvin Yapp